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Nurses With Heart: Parkinson’s And Movement Disorders Action Group Meets At BESC Wednesday

on September 14, 2019 - 8:16am

Nurses With Heart News:

The new Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Action Group will meet 2-3:30 p.m., Wednesday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

The 28-member group welcomes the community to attend this meeting to learn about resources and more.

The new group was established this past summer and coordinated by Nurses With Heart CEO Carolyn Moore.

“The newly formed Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Action Group got off to an enthusiastic start,” Moore said. “Attendees asked questions and shared experiences.

Fuselier: The Seeking Emotional System

on September 12, 2019 - 3:56pm
Los Alamos

Some thoughts from science, life, and ancient religious texts

Los Alamos

Some thoughts from science, life, and ancient religious texts

In an earlier essay, I touched on the choice that we share with all animals: either to go forward towards resources that sustain us or to draw away from that which can cause us harm. The emotional system that controls our forward motion has been labeled the Seeking emotional system by the noted neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp. While it’s needed for life, this emotional system can lead us into a lot of trouble.


LAHS Student Aims To End Malnutrition In The World

on September 12, 2019 - 8:33am
Havard University student Garyk Brixi and Los Alamos High School student Lillian Peterson at the International Science Fair in May in Phoenix, Ariz. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Malnutrition is the leading cause of death for children globally and Lillian Petersen, a senior at Los Alamos High School, along with her partner Garyk Brixi of Maryland, is doing something about it.

They created computer software that can help inform aid organizations on the most effective way to treat malnourished children.

Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting For LAVNS

on September 12, 2019 - 8:23am

Members of the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service, Inc. (LAVNS) team at their new home at 109 Central Park Square. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


The Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the new location of Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service with a ribbon cutting noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. The new location is 109 Central Park Square, between to UPEX and Lou Santoro State Farm Insurance Agency.

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service moved to its new location the weekend of Aug. 10 and opened for business Aug.

NM Congressional Delegation: $2 Million To Combat Substance Abuse; Improve Mental Health Services

on September 10, 2019 - 11:52am



WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has awarded more than $2 million to combat substance abuse and to promote mental health and well-being in communities across New Mexico, including several New Mexico Tribal communities.


The funding will go toward prevention, treatment,

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Highlighting Some Partners

on September 9, 2019 - 4:44pm
Executive Director

This week, we look to highlight the work of some of our community partners.

Saturday, you can help Mesa To Mesa, an organization that offers free, minor home repairs for low-income individuals and families. The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes a sale of 300 plants and tree saplings from perennials, herbs, pond plants, iris, cactus and indoor plants, to ornamental grasses and shrubs.

The funds raised will assist projects like ramp construction, window repair and the purchase of heaters, before the season begins to change.

The hearty

WW (Formerly Weight Watchers) Meets Tuesday

on September 9, 2019 - 6:48am

WW News:

WW (formerly Weight Watchers), meets at 6 p.m. every Tuesday a the Unitarian Church, 1738 North Sage St. in Los Alamos.

New members are always welcome and should arrive at 5:30 p.m. to allow time for set-up.

Military Order Of The World Wars Meets Sept. 17

on September 9, 2019 - 6:47am

MOWW News:

This month’s meeting of the Military Order of the World Wars is Tuesday, Sept. 17.

The guest speaker is Cathy Hadley, RHIT of Los Alamos Medical Center.

Hadley has been in the health care industry since 1979. Starting as a transcriptionist, she worked her way to director of Health Information Management (Medical Records) in Linton, Ind. During her time there she was a part of the planning team forming the hospital’s first Emergency Operations Plan.

Hadley moved in June of 2016 to Los Alamos to serve as director of Health Information Management at LAMC.

YMCA Taps Emily Schmidt Health & Wellness Director

on September 8, 2019 - 9:44am

Emily Schmidt is new Y Health & Wellness director. Courtesy/YMCA


YMCA News:


We are pleased to announce that Emily Schmidt has accepted the position of Health and Wellness Director at The Family YMCA; she will begin her new position on October 7. 


Schmidt is energetic and outgoing and has been with the YMCA since 2006 as a senior wellness instructor, group fitness instructor, personal trainer and health coach. 


She has been involved in the wellness industry for more than 15 years developing and executing exercise and wellness programs and holds professional certification through the Athletics

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Open House Sept. 17

on September 7, 2019 - 6:49am


Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service is hosting an Open House for the community to visit its new location.

The Open House is noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 109 Central Park Square.

Dr. Cook: Lower Your Cholesterol, Lower Your Risk

on September 5, 2019 - 8:35am

By Glendon Cook, MD,
Los Alamos Family Care, Los Alamos Medical Center

“Cholesterol” is probably one of the most common words you hear when it comes to heart disease, what and what not to eat, and general health and well-being.

And while the more one hears about something, the easier it can be to become desensitized to it, it’s important to stay aware of the critical effect that cholesterol can have on your overall health – and especially your heart.

While your body certainly needs cholesterol to make hormones and digest fatty foods, high levels of it become a case of “too much of a good

Parkinson’s And Movement Disorders Action Group Meets At Los Alamos Senior Center Sept. 18

on September 4, 2019 - 7:03am


The Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Action Group meets 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row.

Jordan Sykes of Abbott/St. Jude Medical, will discuss a new product for Deep Brain Stimulation.

The answer lies deep in the brain.

Think of the human brain as a billion-person orchestra with every neuron playing in harmony to coordinate the body’s movement. Now, imagine some of these neurons playing out of tune, resulting in uncontrollable tremors, making even simple, everyday activities difficult and sometimes seemingly impossible.

Community Invited To Re-Opening Of Rio Grande Orthodontics Underway Until 4:30 P.M. Today

on September 3, 2019 - 3:46pm

The community is invited to the re-opening of Rio Grande Orthodontics underway today until 4:30 p.m. at 3250 Trinity Dr. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

Michael Kellet samples the food at the re-opening of Rio Grande Orthodontics underway today until 4:30 p.m. at 3250 Trinity Dr. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

Dr. Ryan Gardiner and Dental Assistant Karina Tavarez with patient Hannah Gartz today at the re-opening of Rio Grande Orthodontics underway today until 4:30 p.m. at 3250 Trinity Dr. Photo by Jenn Bartram/


Dr. Honsinger Commends Staff On 50th Anniversary

on September 1, 2019 - 8:13am

Dr. Richard Honsinger with his daughter Joyce at a gathering Monday afternoon to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Los Alamos Medical Care Clinic. As a child, Joyce spent much time with her father at his clinic inside Los Alamos Medical Center. She went on to become a nurse and now works at the hospital. As part of the 50th anniversary of his clinic, Dr. Honsinger commended the dedication of his staff saying, ‘I could not have done these 50 years without them … and it’s still fun!’ Photo by Monique Beyerle

Ongoing Grief Support Group Meets Thursdays

on September 1, 2019 - 7:19am

Toxic Blue-Green Algae In Cochiti Lake: Santa Cruz Day-Use Area Closed To Swimming Effective Immediately

on August 30, 2019 - 10:41pm
Army Corps of Engineers News:
COCHITI LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District, announced today that effective immediately the Santa Cruz day-use area is closed to swimming due to the presence of toxic blue-green algae in Cochiti Lake.
The Cochiti Swim Beach remains closed.
"The safety of our visitors is our top priority, so we are monitoring conditions at the lake closely with visual spot checks and water sampling,” said Trevor Wallin, USACE-Albuquerque District Cochiti Lake project office manager.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Vitalant Blood Drive

on August 30, 2019 - 6:22pm

On the job in Los Alamos are recruits from the Los Alamos Fire Department Recruit Academy #28 donating blood today for the Battle of Badges blood drive at the First Baptist Church. As the board behind them shows, it has been a close battle as Los Alamos community members show their appreciation for the First Responders by donating blood and voting for their favorite team. Photo by Ana Martinez/LAFD

Blood Drive Underway At FBCLA Until 4 P.M. Today

on August 30, 2019 - 9:58am
A Blood Drive is underway until 4 p.m. today at First Baptist Church of Los Alamos at 2200 Diamond Dr. Donors receive a t-shirt. Courtesy image

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas Seeks Congressional Support For Autism Services

on August 30, 2019 - 9:26am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Wednesday that he is joining a bipartisan coalition of 47 attorneys general calling upon Congress to authorize the Autism CARES Act of 2019.
This legislation provides ongoing federal support for research into autism spectrum disorders (“ASD”) and services to those affected by these conditions.
“We must protect vulnerable New Mexicans and provide them all of the services possible to ensure their safety and well being,” Balderas said.

Rio Grande Orthodontics Grand Re-Opening Sept. 3

on August 30, 2019 - 9:19am

Closure Notice: DaVita Los Alamos Dialysis

on August 29, 2019 - 10:06am


DaVita Los Alamos Dialysis at 3917 West Road Suite G-02, behind Los Alamos Medical Center, is withdrawing its participation in the Medicare program and permanently closing its doors effective Sept. 30, 2019.

Direct all medical record inquiries to:

  • Del Norte Dialysis at 5201 San Mateo Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109; or
  • Sandia Peak Dialysis at 10410 Copper Pointe Way NE, Albuquerque, NM 87123.

NMED Seeks Information About Illegal Dumping

on August 27, 2019 - 8:02am
Aug. 23 Rio Pueblo sewage spill. Courtesy/NMED
NMED News:
PICURIS PUEBLO — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) needs the public’s help in reporting and identifying illegal dumping into water bodies.
Last week, Picuris Pueblo found evidence of raw sewage in the Rio Pueblo, including toilet paper and other solids.
Within an hour, the Pueblo restricted access to the river as a precautionary measure. After the Pueblo contacted NMED, Surface Water Quality Bureau and Pueblo staff jointly sampled the river at the Pueblo and several miles downstream.
Preliminary results

Battle Of The Badges: Los Alamos Community Blood Drive Thursday-Friday Aug. 29-30

on August 26, 2019 - 4:01pm


The annual Battle of the Badges Los Alamos Community Blood Drive is Aug. 29-30 at First Baptist Church at 2200 Diamond Dr.


  • Thursday, Aug. 29 - noon to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 30 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Call 505.246.1457 to sign up. Sponsor Code: Los Alamos

Walk-ins are welcome!

New Mexico Human Services Department Reaches Settlement With Two More Behavioral Health Providers

on August 26, 2019 - 7:51am
HSD News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Human Services Department has reached settlement agreements with two more behavioral health organizations to whom Medicaid payments were frozen in 2013 by the Martinez administration. Settlement agreements were reached with:
  • TeamBuilders Counseling Services, Inc.; and
  • Counseling Associates, Inc.
Last month HSD announced it had settled with:
  • Hogares, Inc;
  • Valencia Counseling Services, Inc.; and
  • The Counseling Center, Inc.
HSD has now settled half of these agreements, which were made in the interest of amicably resolving all differences and to

NMDOH Warns Of Vaping-Associated Lung Disease

on August 21, 2019 - 9:07am



SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is investigating possible cases of lung disease that are associated with vaping.
A 29-year old male from Bernalillo County was determined to have vaping-associated lung disease and three additional cases are under investigation. All have reported use of vape cartridges, possibly containing Tetra hydro cannabinol (THC). There have been similar cases reported in at least 14 other states.
All cases under investigation have been hospitalized with severe breathing problems after vaping including cough, shortness of